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College Chefs are having a ball!

8 February 2019

08.02.19 Mayors Ball Dessert Competition 1



The Mayor of Bolton, Councillor Elaine Sherrington, visited Bolton College this week to sample some delicious desserts.


Each year, the College’s catering students create a dessert that will be chosen by the Mayor, then replicated for 200 guests at the Mayor’s annual charity ball, taking place on Friday 8th March.


Six desserts were presented to the Mayor, each inspired by the theme of the ball, ‘The Greatest Showman’. This year, students served up lemon & raspberry tart, banoffee pie, peppermint meringue, chocolate brownies and rainbow cake.


The College’s Interim Principal, Bill Webster, helped with judging. The Mayor settled on the rainbow cake, made by Professional Cookery Level 2 students, Sophie Wolsey and Marek Vandas.


Made in the shape of a top hat, the cake was inspired by Hugh Jackman’s character, PT Barnum, from the hit movie. 


Sophie Wolsey said: “The other desserts looked amazing, so we were surprised but so pleased to win. I can’t believe our dessert is going to be served at such an important event.”     


After choosing the winners, the Mayor said: “It was a very difficult decision to make due to the quality of the desserts. I decided on the top hat, named ‘The Greatest Show Cake’, as it was the dessert that best fitted the theme of the night. I’m sure our guests will enjoy it very much.”


Bill Webster added: “As always, we are delighted to contribute to this year’s annual charity ball. A lot of hard work went in to creating these desserts. The students came in to College early to prepare for the competition, demonstrating a level of commitment and flair that will serve them well when they progress to employment within the catering and hospitality industry.”


To view all photos from the visit, click here. 


Interested on a catering course? Click here for young people, and here for adults.